Tuesday, August 9

Colorado state loses to Utah state after freak last-second field goal error

Lost in the chaos of the college football slate Week 8 was a truly strange ending between the state of Colorado and the state of Utah on Friday night, one that once again calls management skills into question. from Steve Addazio’s time.

The Rams were down 26-24 to the Aggies when they received the ball at their 15-yard line with 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Colorado State QB Todd Centeio (18 of 29, 282 yards, one touchdown, one interception) completed three fast passes to enter Utah State territory before finally facing third and 10 at the 39-yard line. of the Aggies. He then hit catcher Ty McCullouch for a 15-yard complete pass at Utah State 24 with 11 seconds left.

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Colorado State, which had no timeouts remaining, could have finished off the ball and attempted one more pass to get closer to kicker Cayden Camper, who had connected his only previous attempt of the game from 40 yards. But the lack of communication between the offense and the field goal unit forced a hasty attempt; the offense seemed ready to hit the ball, but was forced to run off the field in confusion as the field goal team entered with the clock about to expire.

The kick finally sailed to the left with one second left on the clock. However, college football rules do not allow consecutive field goal attempts, causing the Aggies to take over casualties. A kneeling victory ended the game with a loss for the Rams.

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Addazio’s explanation of the way events unfolded did little to build confidence in his management late in the game. He said the “quick field goal” unit entered the field without anyone from the coaching staff sending it.

“So we had a quick field goal ready close to where the ball was and the guys took off on the field, the quick field goal team,” Addazio said, via El colorado (Fort Collins, Colorado). “They weren’t sent, but they went and it created that confusion in the end, which is a shame. We really prepared ourselves, it wasn’t like we weren’t ready to kick the field goal. Prepared to kick the field goal, we just didn’t hit it. That’s what happened in the end there. Nobody sent them, but they took off in the field. “

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Addazio backed off a bit in his comments when asked to clarify what happened, saying he took responsibility for what was ultimately a miscommunication.

“Yeah, I would tell you they got caught up in the excitement of the game and went to the field. I tell you that’s what I think, I can’t tell you for sure because obviously I’m like, ‘Who sent them?’ and nobody sent them. So it just happened, which means it’s my responsibility because that can’t happen, but it happened, “Addazio said. “So, I’ll take responsibility for that. Having said that, we were perfectly prepared, ready to kick the field goal. So, um, I don’t think that had any impact on that field goal.”

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It’s unfortunate that the Rams’ game was lost in part because of late-game mistakes. Colorado State had overcome a 23-14 deficit with 9:23 remaining in the game to establish the potential game-winning field goal. Regardless, the loss left the Rams 3-4 on the season and 2-1 in the Mountain West game.

Colorado State will try to get back on track against Boise State on Saturday.


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